This is very interesting to think about it how ’empires’ are being developed. This is fairly recent history. Is our great standard of living possible because of the building of empires? Who profits and whose lives are being destroyed? Have people always behaved like this, and can we learn from history, and which people are willing or able to learn from history for the betterment of mankind?
The US War on Yugoslavia
Michael Parenti (1999)
This talk, one of my favorites, is 1999 talk about about US empire. It offers quite a stark depiction of a US foreign policy consisting primarily of continual wars of aggression against democratic governments that thwart Wall Street Interests in exploiting their natural resources and labor force.
Parenti begins with a brief overview of colonization, starting with Western Europe’s colonization of the Slavic peoples and England’s colonization of Ireland. He goes on to to describe how India and Africa both enjoyed advanced and wealthy (far more wealthy than Europe) civilizations until they were invaded by European armies and their economies destroyed.
He proceeds with a detailed inventory of America’s continual invasions, bombing campaigns and covert wars around the world. The last half of the presentation focuses on the deliberate break-up of Yugoslavia by the US security state, demolishing the myth perpetuated by…
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